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    The right way to load a dishwasher.

    Do I need to pre-rinse my dishes before putting them into my dishwasher? Answer: Nope! You should definitely scrape excess food into your garbage disposal/disposer but skip the pre-rinsing and save the water. Dishwashers are designed for food particle removal. No rinsing is needed unless your dishes and cookware have been left sitting out for several hours. In that case, you may need to soak them in soapy water to loosen particles before loading into the dishwasher.

    What goes in, what doesn't Look for a dishwasher-safe imprint before you place items into your dishwasher. Pay particular attention to plastic food storage containers, which have been known to melt if they are too close to the heating element in the bottom of the dishwasher. If you're not sure, wash them by hand. If a piece of plastic melts to the heating element it can be tough to clean it off. Don't overload. Cramming two loads into one load will restrict the water spray patterns, which will prevent proper cleaning and require you to have to rewash, wasting water. Dishes and cookware should have exposed surfaces facing the spray arms. Knives and other cutlery with wooden handles are best washed by hand because over time, detergent can cause wood to become brittle and crack.

    Manufacturers advise that cutlery be loaded with the "business" end facing up, a.k.a. the end that touches food. The reason? Better water circulation. Facing the business-end down in the basket restricts water flow. However, sharp knives and utensils should always face down to help prevent injury when unloading the dishwasher. Care should be taken, of course, when removing these utensils from the basket.

    Lower rack Plates, leaning toward the center near the spray arm and making sure the surface is exposed. Pots upside down Cutting boards should be placed on the outer-most part of the rack

    Upper rack Plastic, glassware, mugs and cups. Make sure to leave space between them so that there's no fear of breakage. Long utensils and knives may block the spray arm in the lower rack so it's best to rest them flat in the upper rack

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